by Tyler Hogan
If you are something like my wife and I, you have felt something in the past few months besieged. It is normal to feel overwhelmed – especially in times of the unpredictable craziness that we endure now. Frankly, that feeling can suck the joy of homeschooling (and life on that matter). It’s time to give your day a little momentum.
What do I mean by “lust”? I like synonyms, so let me share these beauties with you:
- Spice up
I love how enthusiasm reminds of enthusiasm and taste for something good! How do we bring back our appetite, our enthusiasm, our passion for learning? Here are some principles to consider:
We all started homeschooling for a reason. It helps us to remember what these reasons were and why we found them convincing. Have your children been bullied at school and are they safe now? Did you have a problem with the school curriculum or school district programming for which you now have freedom? Your Path? Did you want to build your relationship with your children or offer opportunities that could not otherwise be used? There are as many reasons for homeschooling as homeschoolers. My parents started teaching us at home because my brother’s terrible school experience sucked his love of learning out of him. They took him home – only for a year, they said – to try to rekindle that fire of curiosity. It worked so well that he never went back. Examining these reasons and considering the consequences of the alternatives help to put the hard days in perspective.
Nothing sucks us dry than having more on our plates than can reasonably fit. My wife and I have to reassess and adjust as our children grow. Are you now interested in various activities? Has there been a new service opportunity? Have you entered a new development phase (such as potty training or driver training)? If we fill our schedules to the brim, we don’t leave time for margins, just time Beor flexibility when life inevitably makes a detour. Sometimes we have to cancel, resign, reschedule, or just say “no” to keep our sanity. If we have the right scope, we may feel lazy, but we need to remember that we intentionally left the space in our day planners empty. Most importantly, by leaving the scope, we can really enjoy the things we commit to without being annoyed by the other activities that require our attention.
Even if we are not nominated for “Best Homeschooling Parent”, we still have moments when we see the beautiful fruits of our work. The lightbulb moments in which our children finally understand something they are struggling with; an unexpected act of kindness; a compliment or commendation; or even a day when nobody shouted at anyone. (It could happen, right?) No matter how big or small, take your time to enjoy these victories. they go something Law. Allow yourself to smile and be proud
It is particularly rewarding to see your offspring learn something just because they are curious. Pay attention to your questions and note educational moments. The other day my seven-year-old asked to accompany me on my morning walk. While walking she talked to me about various things in her head. It got us into a great discussion about personality types, especially introverts and extroverts, and how we can show love to different people. It was a decent moment; Not in the curriculum, but something that she noticed in our family and wanted to understand better. No matter whether it is a warm conversation, watching YouTube videos about Antarctica together or a treasure hunt that was carried out by your five-year-old, who is possessed by treasure maps.
My mother always said, “If it’s fun, we are motivated to do it again.” She knew what she was talking about because it made learning enjoyable and made my brother and me want more. My best memories of homeschooling were practical projects like creating a 3D model of a cell from Jell-O ™ in biology class. organize a Greek festival and Olympic games in history; Creation of biscuit relief maps for geography; and following all types of math and housekeeping recipes. Come and think about it, it seems that my best memories of school included delicious food … Definitely having fun building memories encourages stronger relationships, questioning minds and lifelong learning. The icing on the cake is that a positive experience enables children to remember material better. That is motivating!
Yes, there are difficult days (weeks, months, even years). And yes, homeschooling is a lot of work. However, we can maintain our enthusiasm for education by following these principles. I’ve found that they don’t take much time and can give me perspective or help me find my second wind. Let all of this work on you in prayer and prepare yourself for success.
Tyler Hogan is the president of Press bright ideas. He and his wife Helen are both homeschool graduates and now homeschool their five children. Tyler is the author of Nordstern geography and Demystify learning styles, Main cartographer of WonderMapsand game designer from Civitas. He speaks and teaches about homeschooling, geography, art, belief, entrepreneurship and other topics. He holds a BA in Theater Ministries from Belhaven University.
We are pleased to welcome Tyler as one of our keynote speakers at the 37th annual CHEA Homeschool Convention May 27-29, 2021 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
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